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Man Injured After Triggering Bomb In Beijing Airport

Saturday, July 20, 2013

(This story was last updated at 9:10 a.m. EDT)

A man in a wheelchair detonated a homemade bomb at Beijing International Airport, injuring himself but no one else, China's state media says.

The explosion occurred at about 6:24 p.m. Beijing time on Saturday. State-run China Central Television says the wounded ...

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Five Convicted In Deadly Costa Concordia Shipwreck

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A court in Italy has convicted five people on charges of manslaughter and negligence for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off Tuscany last year that left 32 passengers and crew dead.

The court at Grosseto, the city nearest the spot where the Costa Concordia ran aground in January ...

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SEC Charges Hedge Fund Billionaire Steven Cohen

Friday, July 19, 2013

The SEC on Friday filed civil charges against Steven A. Cohen, the founder of hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, accusing the billionaire of failing to prevent insider trading.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in a statement Friday afternoon said:

"Cohen received highly suspicious information that should have caused ...

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Michigan AG Appeals Court Order Blocking Detroit Bankruptcy

Friday, July 19, 2013

A circuit court judge has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the state's constitution and laws, and must be withdrawn; Michigan's attorney general has already appealed the decision.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made the ruling on Friday, a day after the city became the largest municipality in history to declare ...

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Houston Police Discover Four Men Held Captive In House

Friday, July 19, 2013

Police say four men were found captive in a north Houston house — some apparently for years — in what authorities describe as "deplorable conditions."

Police Sgt. Steven Murdock tells The Associated Press that a neighbor called authorities Friday morning expressing concern about men in the house.

Houston's ...

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Ex-CIA Agent Detained In Panama Reportedly Returning To U.S.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Washington Post reports that a former CIA operative detained in Panama at the request of Italian authorities was on a plane headed to the U.S. Friday.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA station chief in Milan, Italy, was arrested Thursday in Panama in connection with an extraordinary rendition ...

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Birds Teach The Air Force A Better Way To Fly

Friday, July 19, 2013

More than a century after the invention of powered flight, birds are still teaching us something about how to fly airplanes, with the Air Force studying the V-shaped formation of airborne geese as a way to save fuel.

The technical term is "vortex surfing" and it's already well-known — NASCAR ...

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Thirsty? 'Sweat Machine' Turns Perspiration Into Drinking Water

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thomas Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration — words that could well apply to a new machine promoted by UNICEF that turns human sweat into drinking water.

The Sweat Machine extracts moisture from worn clothes by spinning and heating them, then filters the ...

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Sequestration Could Curtail 'Hurricane Hunter' Missions

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Federal furloughs caused by sequestration could ground "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, depriving forecasters of real-time measurements of storms during what's expected to be an especially active Atlantic hurricane season.

While NOAA operates some of the Hurricane Hunters, most of the modified C-130s transports that fly into storms to gather vital ...

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Detroit Files For Bankruptcy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

(This story last updated at 6:45 p.m. ET)

The city of Detroit has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, seeking Chapter 9 protection from creditors and unions owed some $18.5 billion in debt and liabilities.

In a news conference on Thursday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he ...

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Scientists: Pitch In July Is Slower Than Molasses In January

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have some long awaited test results: After 69 years, they have captured on video a drop of pitch, also known as bitumen or asphalt.

With a camera trained on a glass funnel containing a generous dollop of the substance, so thick that it appears as ...

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Study: U.S. Viewed As 'Favorable', China As Rising Superpower

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More people around the globe view the United States positively than do China, but most of them also believe that Beijing is set to eclipse Washington as the world's dominant Superpower, according to a new Pew Research survey.

The study measured attitudes in 39 countries. Overall, the United States ...

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Panama Charges North Korean Ship's Crew

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The crew of a North Korean ship carrying a clandestine cargo of Cold War-era weapons from Cuba has been charged with endangering public security by Panamanian authorities, who seized the vessel earlier this week.

The North Korean vessel en route from Cuba was seized as it attempted to transit the ...

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Ailing Nelson Mandela Is Reportedly Improving

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized, but his health is reportedly improving after spending five weeks in a Pretoria hospital with a lung infection.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela, the country's first black president, says that the former anti-apartheid and Nobel laureate could be discharged soon.

Mandela has ...

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'Harry Potter' Author Conjures Pseudonym For Debut Crime Novel

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Amazon describes Robert Galbraith's best-selling novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, as "a brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein." But as brilliant and classically inclined as it might be, the real mystery until now has been all about the author.

It turns out that Robert Galbraith is the nom de ...

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Syrian Army Shelling Reportedly Traps Hundreds In Mosque

Sunday, July 14, 2013

At least 200 people are trapped inside a mosque in the Syrian capital, Damascus, as government forces rain artillery on rebel-held areas.

Rasha Elass, in Beirut, reports for NPR that the Syrian opposition has pleaded with the United Nations to intervene.

According to The Syrian Coalition — a Western-backed opposition ...

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Typhoon Lashes China, Adding To Flood Woes

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of people in southeast China have been evacuated after a powerful typhoon barreled into the region, packing strong winds and heavy rain.

Typhoon Soulik made landfall in China's Fujian province Saturday afternoon after sweeping across Taiwan.

The typhoon comes as China is already battling torrential rainfall across ...

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Civil Rights Groups Call Zimmerman Verdict A 'Miscarriage'

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Civil rights groups reacted with disappointment to the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

After the outcome became known late Saturday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund said it would push for the Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was accused in the ...

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Sifting Through Emotions After Tense Zimmerman Trial

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Months of intense media coverage, weeks of courtroom testimony and hours of jury deliberations boiled down to a not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, delivered by a jury of six women late Saturday.

The decision came 17 months after Zimmerman, a self-styled volunteer watchman, fatally shot unarmed black teen Trayvon ...

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Zimmerman's Brother: Race 'Wasn't An Element In This Case'

Sunday, July 14, 2013

George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, Jr., tells NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday that despite the acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it will be a "long time" before his brother's life returns to normal.

"Believe me, he is overwhelmed," the elder brother said in an interview with host Rachel ...

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